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18 Jul 2016

Winners of the driverless cars competition announced

The winners of the internal driverless cars competition GATEway 2030 have been announced after being judged by industry officials last week.

Students from BA (Hons) Architecture and BA (Hons) Interior Design Environment Architectures were asked to envisage the future of driverlesscars to coincide with a project being run by TRL (Transport Research Laboratory) and the Royal Borough of Greenwich looking at the challenges of implementing the vehicles in an urban environment. 

90 different high quality designs were put forward with six making it through to the final round.

Jay Jordan, a BA (Hons) Architecture student triumphed, winning first prize and taking home £300 for his design "Transmission fluid" that featured a moldable interior which can be shaped for individual users' needs.

Special commendations go to students Hasan Jamshed and Leonardo Carmo-Silva who took second place with Finlay Johnson scooping third.

Professor Nick Reed, Academy Director at TRL and a judge for the competition said: "The work of the students was incredibly impressive, showcasing fantastic vision and innovative thinking.

"It will be fascinating to see how development in the real world compares to these wonderful concepts."

Project Lead and Deputy Head of the School of Postgraduate Studies, Brigitta Zics commented: “Students' designs integrate emerging and speculative technologies of smart materials, kinetic engineering and immersive interfaces. It was important to make students think about the human factors of a journey and design for a more productive stimulating or relaxing experience for example.

“I hope this is the first of many projects we work on with TRL and the Royal Borough of Greenwich as we continue to ensure our students practice in a professional capacity with industry leaders.”

Watch the video for more information on this project: 


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